The Men Behind Pitch Perfect by Sierra Dean
Here’s a confession that will shock no one I know: I watch a lot of baseball. I mean… not just periodically flip on the TV to see if it’s on. We’re talking at least three games a week, and that’s a slow week. My new book is even called Pitch Perfect and yes, it has a baseball slant. My heroine, Emmy Kasper, is given her dream job as the head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons baseball team. When this good-girl meets a down-on-his-luck pitcher, the chemistry is out of the park (I couldn’t resist!). So let’s explore how this national pastime affects my life.
Well, a friend and I split the cost on an annual MLB.tv subscription, so we have access to EVERY. SINGLE. GAME. That’s 162 games a year, between 30 teams. So… 2430 games? Okay, looking at that number I’ll admit, I don’t watch 2400 games a year, because I only care about the Tigers and the Dodgers, and I’ll tune in if a no-hitter or perfect game is in progress. So let’s estimate I watch 100 Tigers games a year, plus Spring Training and Post-Season (provided the boys get that far).
That’s still a lot of baseball.
The average game is three hours long, so I’m spending about 300 hours a summer just staring at men in nice tight pants while they throw a ball around.
Now I’ve got your attention.
Yes, I do love baseball as a sport, I swear. I’m obsessed with the weird rules and customs, the traditions and the sheer bliss of going to a live game. I can’t get enough. But there’s something else great about baseball, and that’s the men.
They have these incredible forearms from swinging bats and hitting 100mph fastballs. They have unbelievable legs from all the running. And my personal favorites, the catchers. Imagine the butt you get from doing 3 hours of squats a night.
So, instead of boring you with words I thought I’d just share my top 5 favorite men in the MLB, to give a little inspiration for reading along with Pitch Perfect.
Those dimples? Those eyes? Seriously, how can you resist a man who looks like that?
Oh my, Mr. Jackson. Not only is he incredibly handsome, but he’s a snappy dresser off-field and by all accounts an incredibly nice guy.
Pitchers and catchers are my favorites, and what’s not to love about a guy who looks as handsome as this?
Full disclosure: I hate the Yankees. This is not an uncommon sentiment from most baseball fans. Even more full disclosure: I don’t like Derek Jeter. But lots of ladies find him irresistible, so I’m including him.
This is a very personal selection for me, because Max is my favorite player. I actually based my hero in Pitch Perfect on him and fellow Tigers starter Justin Verlander. Max has heterochromia, and I gave my hero Tucker the same blue/brown eye combination.
So there you have it. Five good reasons to give baseball a try! That and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to watch.
Sierra Dean is a reformed historian. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and is allowed annual exit visas in order to continue her quest of steadily conquering the world one city at a time. Making the best of the cold Canadian winters, Sierra indulges in her less global interests: drinking too much tea and writing urban fantasy.
Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of the supernatural coexisting with the mundane. As an adult, however, the idea evolved from the notion of fairies in flower beds, to imagining that the rugged-looking guy at the garage might secretly be a werewolf. She has used her overactive imagination to create her own version of the world, where vampire, werewolves, fairies, gods and monsters all walk among us, and she’ll continue to travel as much as possible until she finds it for real. Learn more and order your own copy of Pitch Perfect here.
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